Sisten and Taluvec have joined the Corsica thread yay
Following from 1973, the Sisten Corporation kept on downsizing their models. This included the Sisten Country Cruiser, the wagon equivelant of the GS full-size sedan. Starting production in 1979, the sixth generation Country Cruiser lasted until 1991 after it was replaced by the seventh generation model.
The sixth generation Country Cruiser is based on the T-platform, sharing it with the higher-end Taluvec Custom Callahan, Grand Callahan and the aforementioned Sisten GS. A total of 4,945,971 units of the T-platform were made.
As the Taluvec was the high-end model, a base Country Cruiser started at $6500 and went up to $8000 when fully optioned out.
Due to the domestic wagon business starting to fade out, the designers made sure not to take risks while designing the '79 model. One part where the designers took influence from the imports was the placement of the front badge, which was set to the right of the grille. A long standing Country Cruiser tradition, an integrated exterior indicator display was removed. The wood on the sides of the car was a standard feature and as such, could not be de-optioned - however, some workshops did offer to remove it later.
From 1979, two V8 engines were available: the 5.0 liter TRE and the 5.8 liter Quadra. Both make a combined horsepower rating of 251. The 5.0 engine features a 0-62 time of 10.5 seconds and achieves 9 mpg while the 5.8 achieves 0-62 in 9.4 seconds and also gets 9 mpg.
In 1983, a 4.0 liter Inline-6 was added to the lineup. With 92 horsepower, it gets to 62mph in 16.5 seconds. This option was discontinued for 1990, before the final model year.
Every model took advantage of a 4-speed automatic.
The sixth gen. Country Cruiser signaled the downfall of the domestic wagon. Sales were down from previous models and the following seventh generation model was made from just 1991 to 1994 after it was discontinued due to low sales. Today however, these models are gaining value quickly since they’re getting rarer by the day. Also hipsters.